1. Defying militant threats and boycott calls by separatists, 64.5 per cent of electorate voted in the first phase of Panchayat elections in Kashmir while an impressive turnout of 79.5 per cent was recorded in Jammu region on Saturday.

2. Governor Satya Pal Malik complimented the civil and police administration Saturday for ensuring free, fair and peaceful first phase of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the high poll percentage is a clear mandate of the people for strengthening grassroots democracy.

3. Traffic on Mughal road will remain closed on Sunday due to snowfall, while only one way traffic will be allowed on Jammu-Srinagar highway.

4. The Department of Information Technology (DIT) will soon launch the Electronic System Design and Maintenance (ESDM) scheme in Jammu and Kashmir to train 5,000 students in the current financial year.

5. The Jammu and Kashmir government is planning to soon infuse capital into the state's ailing cooperative banks in a bid to revive them.

6. A day after killing a civilian in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on charges of being an Army informer, terrorists on Saturday abducted and killed a 19-year-old in Shopian.

7. The grievance cell of the Jammu and Kashmir administration has resolved over 30,500 out of 31,469 complaints registered by it.

8. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has deputed its 14 member team to Tamil Nadu Commando school to get training for disposal of IEDs.

9. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah attacked the Congress in Chhattisgarh on Saturday, accusing it of making false promises and alleging that it never wanted the formation of the state that was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000.

10. The central government made a clutch of key appointments in the bureaucracy on Saturday evening, naming Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chief Ajay Bhushan Pandey as revenue secretary and Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash as an additional secretary in the telecom department.

11. The Congress on Saturday said it would take up the "fraud on the constitution" being played out by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa during the upcoming winter session of the Parliament.

12. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley launched a scathing attack against the West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh governments on Saturday for barring the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from probing corruption cases in their jurisdiction, saying no state could claim sovereignty when it comes to probing matters of corruption.


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